‘Never in our wildest dreams did we think our over-the-top storylines about floods and food shortages would come true’
In 1980, America’s Global 2000 Report to the President took the current trends of the planet – population pressures, overstretched resources – and projected them 20 years into the future. It read like armageddon. CNN founder Ted Turner handed me the report as my job description. I wasn’t a film-maker – I began as a photojournalist for NBC, capturing social issues in 70s New York – but he preferred that I learned to make films than for him to find another producer who understood the environmental crisis we were facing.
Captain Planet is a metaphor for international cooperation with a penchant for bad puns and 60s music. Not unlike the UN